Simple Minds In Canberra…

I absolutely LOVED Graham Kennedy. Known as “The King” in Australia, he wasn’t without his controversy. He particularly enjoyed performing impressions of Australian crows (which are actually ravens – just putting that ornithological fact out there for you) – which can sound like they are swearing rather painfully if you’ve ever heard them?

Anyway….I have no recollection of this, but I can bet I was watching the show that night. I was always watching Coast To Coast – it was essential viewing for me.

Finding this clip on the DVD had me tickled pink, it really did.

More little snippets of clips to come…

Never In A Month Of Sundays…

Is I am guessing is the answer (re: title of the post). Well, I guess Jim is now also focusing on his tome and … I dunno. I really feel like it’s that petty fucking “no one’s the boss of me” BS at play or some shit. I dunno what it is…but I had the feeling that even from day ONE when fans started asking these kind of questions and putting these pleas out that Jim had absolutely NO INTEREST in doing this AT ALL.

Someone asked weeks back “how do you think we could get their attention on getting some kind of remote live thing happening?” And I replied with “get a GoFund me page going” because it seems the only language Jim understands sometimes. (The filthy lucre.) And I was honest! Because, that’s how it seems – and he doesn’t do much to counter that opinion with crass statements about going down to Oz in Newcastle because “we were offered a LOT of money” Well, bully for you, Jim. And guess who pays for it all, eh? Mugs like us. And that’s how you blatantly treat us, with statements like that! “Oh, you fools!”

Makes a mockery of that line you like to trot out time and again “We’d have paid YOU to play live when we got started.” Oh, really? Yeah…well, not fucking now. Money talks – and you love its language, Mr Kerr.

But, you know, even that idea this person proposed…a previously unseen gig – that wouldn’t even take you guys getting together. No Zoom meeting involved.

And, you know what? This thing doesn’t have to be put on for free, Jim. Some people actually put these things on behind a “pay wall”!! Piqued your interest yet, Mr Ker-ching? Just…don’t go printing money with it, right? Make it a nominal charge. Many people are struggling now. Jobs being forloughed, etc. Oh, imagine having to have to work for someone?! Yuk!

Now! Before you get too pissed off with me and think about blocking my arse again from SM FB – I KNOW I AM INCREDIBLY LUCKY – I saw you at Copenhagen! And you are not twisting my arm on going to ANY of your gigs, or buying ANY of your merch…I do it all of my own volition! This isn’t about me. It’s about the fans looking forward to gigs that were coming up that got cancelled. All the fans, the “REAL FANS” (if you insist!) that missed out this year.

Lift their spirits, man! GIVE THEM SOMETHING! You must have recorded at least ONE 40 Years Live gig before Coronavirus put the kibosh on 2020. What say you, Jim?

I Wish I Was There…

Leeds, 2018. Don’t mean to be maudlin, but…

To hear the “burning slow” lines return to the song during the Grandslam part of the tour – I was sssooo, so happy. They are the most beautiful, romantic lines.

There was “soft rain” falling that night in Leeds too. And after all that had gone on in the month or so prior to that night…I felt back “home”.

It was a gorgeous night. How I wish it was happening again tonight.

NHSFest Raffle – Win Simple Minds Meet And Greet Tickets!

There’s a raffle that’s been organised to raise money for the NHS and Simple Minds have kindly donated meet and greet tickets to the cause. The meet and greet will take place at their rescheduled dates in February next year – at the venue of your choice.

To buy tickets for the raffle (each ticket is £5 – imagine, getting a meet and greet for FIVE QUID!) Click the image below or HERE!

It’s for such a great cause. The raffle closes very shortly, so get your skates on if you want to enter! And good luck!

Quit Dreaming…Part Two

A FULL amateur filmed gig from 1991 in Munich has appeared on YouTube. I only stumbled upon it late last night so I haven’t watched much of it. Enough of it to see he was in full scissor kick glory that night – two of them in the space of three minutes. Which then obviously led to a ‘trooser malfunction’ for at around nine minutes he appears to do up his flies. Then he has a problem with his mic and has to wait a bit while they rush to replace it. That’s kind of as far as I got. But from what I saw, considering it is from 1991 and either recorded onto Mini DV or Super 8 and the person is quite a way back in the crowd, it’s looking pretty good!

Easter weekend TARDIS ride. You’re welcome 😊 Thanks to “Schnuckelpferd” for uploading.

What’s Left?

I’m not really sure what *is* left? This site has become stagnant. Gigs are on hold. There is NOTHING coming from the official channels from Simple Minds – now suddenly after 9 years on Facebook is now being referred to as just “Simple Minds” rather than “Simple Minds Official”.

Another nail in the coffin? Another sign of “letting go”?

This blog will just end up a sad nostalgia fest. “Look at all the gigs I USED to go to.” I could add more quotes but I’m sure you can make assumptions of where it would lead.

All past tense. Past. Past. Past.

The future finally seemed here. And in the blink of an eye, it’s gone again.

I’m not in the mood for April Fools jokes and pranks. I’m a year-long fool. An every day fool.

Perhaps I’ll just go back to swamping this site with the nostalgia of a time I wish more than anything I was involved in. Early SM. For all the reasons I will keep in my head and heart.

Maybe still do some art…who knows? If I do, I may give some of it away. I still owe two people prints. I’ll get them to them soon and see where we go from there. Other than those few things, I’m not sure I have it in me for the “onwards” Simple Minds journey.

I’m taking a U-turn. I think the driver of the bus doesn’t want me on the forwards journey anyway.

And besides…what’s one fan in the grand scheme of things?

The journey was fun while it lasted. But these past few months haven’t been much fun. Time to get off the bus, I guess.

I wish I could explain what a void I am feeling right now. It goes beyond there being a break in the tour. I have felt this void for over 12 months now. It just…doesn’t get any better. It just gets worse. The past few months have been the worst of all, combined with the upheaval of a house move and the loss of my mum….everything just feels so hollow.

Rescheduled Dates For Simple Minds

At last! Some more rescheduled date information. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

As follows:

These are mostly for German, French and other continental dates that were imminent, as well as the UK and Irish dates too.

If you can’t see your city/date, check the official Simple Minds social media platforms.

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Pissing In The Wind…

I love this band. I love them sssooo much and I really, really HATE criticising them or their management. And I know they’ll be working hard and doing what they can to reschedule dates – BUT – enough is enough now.

If you can’t confirm new dates, please at least reassure fans. Reassure them you ARE doing all you can to ensure new dates are on the way. SOMETHING. ANYTHING! It is better than nothing…which is what happens between confirmation of rescheduled dates.

I’ll leave it in the capable hands of this man. A fellow fan. One of many on the SMO visitor wall pleading for some news.

Before I hand it over to him…loyalty really does work both ways. We are all being quite patient and loyal. Always loyal. So, please return the favour! Just…BE HONEST – if all you can say is “we’re working on it, doing all we can to secure new dates and we’ll give you details as soon as we have them. In the meantime, please bear with us.” THAT MEANS SOMETHING and will help to put minds at ease.

You are more than happy to keep feeding us the info of tickets going on sale and where to buy them ENDLESSLY as a tour is announced and tickets go on sale. So, PLEASE! Think about doing the same for reassuring fans about new dates. I know you may not have them yet but…just talk to us! Keep the line of communication open instead of making people feel left in the dark!

Over to Jim…KEIR…